These Robots Make Sorting Batteries Fun to Watch

Autonomous robots are made for efficiency (ex: cake decorating), but at the 2014 PACK EXPO—a trade convention focusing on processing and packing solutions—the FANUC robotics company showed that in addition to doing jobs faster, robots can turn mundane operations into a spectacle worth watching.

Working in tandem, one of the robots can be seen in the video above quickly arranging what appear to be 9V batteries into groupings of four, while the other grabs them and places them onto a conveyor belt. In a promotional video for the FANUC M-1iA series of machines, the company says that the robots have a reach of 280mm (about 11 inches), can lift a payload up to 1000 grams (about 2.2 pounds), and the single axis wrist seen in the video can rotate up to 3000 degrees per second.

Take a minute to get lost in the mesmerizing world of robots at work. And for even more battery-sorting fun, click here.

[h/t: Sploid]

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Speedy Delivery: Mister Rogers Will Get His Own Stamp in 2018
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USPS 2018 Mister Rogers stamp
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After weeks of mailing out this year’s holiday cards, postage might be the last thing you want to think about. But the U.S. Postal Service has just given us a sneak peek at the many iconic people, places, and things that will be commemorated with their own stamps in 2018, and one in particular has us excited to send out a few birthday cards: Mister Rogers.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers’s groundbreaking PBS series that the USPS says “inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty,” the mail service shared a mockup of what the final stamp may look like. On it, Rogers—decked out in one of his trademark colorful cardigans (all of which were hand-knitted by his mom, by the way)—smiles for the camera alongside King Friday XIII, ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Though no official release date for Fred’s forever stamp has been given, Mister Rogers is just one of many legendary figures whose visages will grace a piece of postage in 2018. Singer/activist Lena Horne will be the 41st figure to appear as part of the USPS’s Black Heritage series, while former Beatle John Lennon will be the face of the newest Music Icons collection. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will also be honored.

Can You Spot the Christmas Pudding?

Whether it’s a sheep hanging out with Santa Claus or a panda bear hiding among some snowmen, regular Mental Floss readers know that hidden picture brainteasers are one of our favorite things. And the optical experts at have released a delicious one, just in time for Christmas. Somewhere in the midst of all these holiday-themed goodies above, there’s a holiday pudding just waiting to be discovered. Can you spot it? Your time starts … now.

If you give up, or are the kind of person who reads the last page of a book before the first one and just wants to know the answer, scroll down to see where it’s hiding.



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